Apple has deployed the public beta of the upcoming iOS 16 operating system as well as its equivalent for the iPad. Before starting to install an uncertain version, here are some tips to do so with peace of mind.
Launched last WWDC 2022, the upcoming iOS 16 operating system for the iPhone and iPod will come into public beta, a few weeks after it was launched for developers. Its iPadOS 16 equivalent will also be available on the brand’s touch tablets.
If you want to try the adventure before the official launch at the start of the school year, here’s everything you need to know to make sure the experience is smooth.
How do I install iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 public beta?
The method cannot be changed. You will need to register for the public beta program from Safari on your iPhone or iPad. Click on REGISTRATION then follow the instructions. If you’ve joined the betas before, tap Sign In and enter your Apple ID account credentials.
Select the OS you want to install (iOS 16 or iPadOS 16 depending on your device, or macOS Ventura, tvOS 16, watchOS 9 or even HomePod Software 16) and save to the destination device.
You just have to follow the procedure shown. To begin with backup your device for safety to prevent important data from being lost in migration and you will never be able to recover it again. This is the safest step to take and the highest priority to install the beta.
After making sure your iPhone or iPad has enough battery, you can proceed with the beta download. It started installing a beta profile. Download the profile that will then appear on Settings at the top or on the General tab, then Profile. Click on the profile to complete its installation.
Restart your iPhone or iPad as requested. If the device has restarted, go to Settings> General> Software Update. You should see the offer to install the public beta version on iOS 16 or iPadOS 16.
It is also possible to connect your iPhone or iPad to your Mac to download iOS 16 or iPadOS 16 from the Apple Beta Program page. Download the desired software, connect your device. Then open the Finder to find your iPhone or iPad. You just need to click the Option key, then Check for updates to install iOS 16 in the beta you downloaded earlier.
What’s new for iOS 16?
The most noticeable innovation is about the redesign lock screen. It can be more customized, with the possibility of adding filters to its wallpaper, but also its font or the color of the writing. You can also add widgets and, importantly, notifications move to the bottom of the screen for better visibility (and easier one-hand, finger-to-finger management).
IOS 16 disables lock screens // Source: Apple
Font and color can be changed for date and time // Source: Apple
Remember the clownfish wallpaper from the first iPhone? Here it goes back to iOS 16 // Source: 9to5Mac
iMessage allows editing messages to correct errors, to remember them before they are read by your recipient or to return them to “unread”. Apple’s messaging app also hosts the SharePlay function to share videos, watch a movie together or watch a page simultaneously with friends.
Another function that should be enjoyed by most numbers is the possibility of extracting an element from a photo by erasing the background to better share it.
Automatically generated captions are also available to help deaf and hard of hearing users. However, it will only be reserved for the iPhone 11 and later.
It is also the entire camera text recognition system developed on the iPhone with a one-click option of the texts found (Live Text function) in photos and now in videos. you can copy anywhere. Later, door detection will also come for the visually impaired and blind to read written text.
Emails are enriched by collaboration tools like Safari or your discussion groups. You can get to know your friends or colleagues who work with you better, open tabs you recommend or collaborate on documents.
And also … You can more easily uninstall Apple applications that are still resisting, but also skip the CAPTCHAS that want to know if you’re a robot or not. Concentration mode is enriched and becomes easier to configure or the identity card will eventually be added to the Wallet even in France.
On the iPadOS 16 side, the big news comes from the addition of Stage Manager that will allow you a new multi-window with different possibilities to group apps, but only on the iPad Pro M1 and iPad Air M1 . Using the second screen can also be easier.
What iPhones and iPads are compatible?
Compared to the update for iOS 15, the iPhone list is reduced. Release the iPhone 6s/6s Plus and 7/7 Plus which are able to take advantage of the latest version. They have no rights to iOS 16. The iPod Touch (7th gen) also left the list. After being officially removed from the Apple catalog after more than 20 years of good and loyal service, it will not benefit from the next version.
Regarding iPads compatible with iPadOS 16, we noticed a drop in updates for the iPad Air 2nd gen and iPad mini 4th gen:
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